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#TECH: Once Developed By Apple, Now Abandoned By Apple: EPEAT Standards

Apple leaves EPEAT recycling standards

Has Apple lost its environmental cred?

It can be tough to love Apple, Inc. Stock prices over $600? Check. Over $100 billion in cold, hard, cash? You bet. Products loved even by those who don’t even own one? Of course! Profits over $6.5 billion a quarter? No sweat. Charitable organization? Er… Recycle program for its gadgets? Well, up to a point. Environmentally-sensitive product line? Yes, sort of. Unless we’re not. Tell you what, let’s just drop that off the list, ok?

Apple helped draw up the EPEAT standards for environmentally-friendly production of technologies back in 200-2001. But this past Tuesday Apple quietly backed out of its commitment to the program. In fact, Apple only responded yesterday, once word started to spread (darn that social networking stuff that Apple products do so well!) and some contracts were put on hold.

Why has the leading tech company withdrawn from its own environmental guidelines? Will the Apple brand be bruised by the move?

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#TECH: Microsoft Surfaces To Shake Up Tablet Market & Challenge iPad…Someday.

The Surface comes with a magnetic cover/keyboard

We really like the keyboard idea

Full disclosure: We at MKCREATIVEmedia are pretty Apple-centric, even though we are aware that many of our readers are using Microsoft products to access the blog. So when we heard that Microsoft want to enter the tablet market, we thought, “well, that’s about two years too late.” But we also wanted to see how Microsoft handled the announcement/release and what they wanted to bring to the market − and we wanted to keep an open mind.

The Microsoft Surface was announced this week, and − unlike ‘iPad’ − we really liked the name. In fact, on the surface, the new Surface has lots going for it, not the least of which are the millions of schools, nonprofits, corporations, and individuals who already have a Windows computer and who might be more comfortable waiting for a Windows-built tablet before jumping into the market.

Unfortunately, even the early reviewers at the Microsoft Event are not so sure that’s what will happen.

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| Category Advice, Case Study, Communications, Design, Event Review, Events, Hardware Review, iPad/Tablet, Marketing, Mobile, Opinion, Reviews, Technology, Technology for Nonprofits, Video | | Comments Off

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#TECH: Mac? Windows? Need Both Operating Systems? Use Both! (Part I)

Windows XP, Windows 7, and Linux Terminal on a MacBook

Invest in software, not computers

In the primitive era of personal computing (any time before about 2004), one had to commit entirely to one of three platforms or operating systems: Mac, Windows, or Linux. Sharing documents created on one platform with a colleague on another platform was tricky at best. What could be shared was electronic information (emails or websites) or un-editable PDF files, all of which made collaboration difficult and pretty much locked any office, nonprofit, or even family onto one track.

Now with cloud computing and mobile devices and programs that create ‘virtual machines’ of one kind of operating system working within another (think: picture-in-picture feature on a television), individuals can pick their favorite hardware and OS, and be confident that they can collaborate with their less enlightened colleagues. We’d like to introduce the latest developments in virtualization and present a brief series on a few ways to set up many computers on one device.

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| Category Desktop Apps, Hardware Review, How-to, Resource, Reviews, Site Administration, Software Review, Technology, Technology for Nonprofits, Video | | 2 Comments

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#TECH: Designing A Mobile App? Design For A Mobile Device!

Text messaging to the Red Cross to raise money

Who needs an app for that?

The nonprofit world is going mobile. The move might be slower than in the corporate world, but it’s steady, and nonprofits are developing ways to get around software or contractual walls. Mobile apps encourage supporters to stay engaged with your organization and its programs, and the apps also can give volunteers and staff in the field access to necessary information from the home office and/or report developments to that office. Best of all, mobile apps could links developments on projects directly to the mobile donors who can instantly see the link between their support and the progress the charity is making.

But before you get all buzzed about the synergy, you should be aware of the challenges of developing an application for mobile devices, including the fact that there are so many kinds of mobile devices.

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#TECH: Clothes Make The (Wo)Man, But Technology Makes The Clothes Cool

Technology comes in all shapes and sizes (a chipped rock tied to a stick was once ‘cutting-edge’ technology, literally). We usually envision technology as growing ever smaller and ever more useful for our entertainment. But in today’s post we poked around for some innovations that might someday hang in our closets rather than link us to Foursquare. For the female tech-and-chic maven, Stephen Rodrig has created a line of circuited shoes and accessories that certainly seem to appeal much more to the eye than to the foot. His goal seems one of iconic fashion and recycling: “Rather than ending up in a mound of obsolete waste destined to rot in time, there is a recycled life waiting to take on a new form.”

Other designs strive for a higher level of practicality, and the ones we want to feature here will, in fact, engage working circuit boards in one mode or another. They also present environmentally friendly means to do so.

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#TECH: Google Now Designing Glasses And Giving Us A New ‘Play’ Service

The good people at Google have been busy releasing new aspects of their services that are meant to augment our muti-media experiences. As is often the case, one’s first blush of these technologies might appear a bit overwhelming or a bit far out on the bleeding edge for most of us. But one of our goals at MKCREATIVEmedia is to keep our readers up-to-date on that bleeding-edge technology and to keep apprised as to how that technology is adapted and adopted by the nonprofit, charity, and small-business communities.

The first, Google Play, will likely seem pretty familiar to anyone using a cloud-based media service like iCloud or Amazon Prime. But Google Glasses seems so far out there that even some tech fetishists are wondering about its appeal. Of course, people scoffed at the notion we would want to travel in a noisy open-air flying machine as well.

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#TECH: Latest iPad Shifts Mobile Toward Creative Productivity

Latest iPad bumps screen, camera, and processor powerApple unveiled the latest iPad this past Wednesday, and though the third generation, Apple will not call it the ‘iPad 3′. Indeed, one of the interesting sideshows of the product’s history has been the sturm und drang over its name.

But for its form factor, the changes are both incremental and market-shifting – typical Apple, really. In one of our earliest tech reviews, we discussed how the iPad will pretty much create a mobile computing market – and it has. The device has opened up consumption of digital materials in ways more convenient and lucrative for publishers, game-makers, and app developers.

Whether the new iPad is worthy of a purchase or upgrade for you personally, we defer comment. But what you need to think seriously about is how the iPad is going to move your nonprofit’s workflow and communications strategies – whether you use one or not – because the latest iPad puts the stress on your productivity, not just consumption.

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| Category Apple, Communications, Events, Hardware Review, iDevice, iPad Apps, Marketing, Newspaper Article, Press Release, Reviews, Software Review, Technology, Technology for Nonprofits | | 1 Comments

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#Tech: CES 2012 Shows Off The Flat Entertainment Coming Post-Recession

The Consumer Electronics Show for 2012 just wound up

Each mid-January, while much of the country is struggling to get through wintery weather and get kids back on a school-day schedule, the brash, bold, and bright world of near-future technology is shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not the back end of the financial crisis/Great Recession, not the fact that Apple has not attended in over a decade, or that Microsoft is attending this year for the ‘last’ time could stop the show from breaking attendance records at over 153,000.

Yet those 153,000 did not include the consumer, per se. The show is invitation-only and those are sent to hardware and software companies, to news agencies, to retail-chain buyers, and to tech reviewers. Alas, despite the strong numbers and expansive and loyal readership of the MKCREATIVEmedia blog, we did not seem to warrant an invitation this year. Or it got lost in the mail. Thankfully, the names we trust to write about technology were there to help.

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#Tech: What Will 2012 Look Like For Social Media?

Happy New Year from MKCREATIVEmediaWelcome to a New Year! As we gear back up we wanted to introduce what other trend watchers are saying about the universe of social media for 2012 – some of which might surprise you.

Two likely developments over the upcoming year according to Lance Ulanoff at Mashable are the implementations of Augmented Reality (also ‘Mobile Augmented Reality’) and the development of the ‘Micro-Payment Economy.’ The former means we will look via our mobile devices (or perhaps glasses) to see not only the objects out there but also any digital information about them. Look at your favorite bistro, for example, and reviews will come up before your eyes as well.

The latter has been developing through much of 2011 as news journals have begun establishing pay walls for content and games are giving themselves away, though the more interesting features must be paid for along the way. Of course, nonprofits have been developing a micro-donation economy for some time already, so hopefully that trend will only expand.

An early augmented-reality interfaceBut Lance also believes Facebook is about maxed out in the Anglo-speaking world, and reactions against the ubiquitous cell phone are growing. States, and even the federal government, for example, are starting to implement no-phone policies for moving vehicles. But if augmented reality becomes part of the windshield, then both sets of issues get solved.

Christina Thomas at Technocrati argues, along with many others, that tablets will grow more powerful and grab still larger shares of the computing market. If that’s the case, we will likely see different form factors over the next couple of years as well – though it’s unlikely screens will notably improve in size or strength just yet.

Of course, part of the fun of the new year is to make such predictions in the hope no one hunts your guesses down twelve months later. But we predict that we’ll do our best to keep up with these and other trends – and keep you well informed of them over the coming year.

 

| Category Blogs, Communications, Community, Crowdfunding, Facebook, Fundraising, Hardware Review, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Opinion, Reviews, Social Media, Technology, Tools, Twitter | | Comments Off

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#Communications: ‘Tis The Season For Making Lists & Prepping For 2012

Santa Clause with his listIn our last blog posting for 2011 we wanted to encourage some meaningful reminiscence over this past year and what it meant for the nonprofit world and to inspire some thinking about the possibilities for 2012. Making lists and checking them twice is a time-honored way to prepare for the holidays, so we present a list of lists and the opportunity  for your organization to break onto a list when they are compiled in a year’s time. We have compiled this list based on our own experience with apps, platforms, and issues discussed on these lists.

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#Tech: Hidden Features Of iPhone Show A Caring Side Of Apple

The AssistiveTouch homescreen on an iPhoneApple‘s lack of interest in supporting charitable organizations either with money or with allowing apps on its mobile platforms has gotten the corporation some bad press. And Steve Jobs continues to inspire some rancor for his leadership style, even after his death from cancer. Yet, defenders of Steve Jobs and/or Apple are quick to point out that Apple’s products have revolutionized the ways nonprofits work, and that influence is surely the more important in the long run.

Last month, Steve Pogue of The New York Times uncovered further evidence that Apple might not be one of the philanthropic giants (or even minnows), but its directors and engineers do indeed have hearts.

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| Category Apple, Communications, Hardware Review, How-to, iDevice, iPad/Tablet, iPhone Apps, Newspaper Article, Reviews, Software Review, Technology, Technology for Aging | | 2 Comments

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#ProAging: Bringing Ballots To Nursing Homes Via The iPad

When the people of Oregon needed to replace Congressional Representative David Wu this week, the state Board of Elections used the opportunity to develop means to get ballots to older citizens in nursing homes. The traditional means to do so were to send absentee ballots out, but such ballots waste a great deal of payer, any way – and many do not get returned anyway. As we have noted on this blog, the iPad is a convenient and stimulative way  for retired Americans to access information. And now it is being used as a way for retired Boomers and those of the GI Generation to cast their votes.

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#Tech: Halloween Weekend & Scary Stories Of Cloud Computing

Apple launched iCloud a couple of weeks back with much fanfare. The service is meant to improve the lags, vulnerabilities, and complications of MobileMe. And neither is particularly bleeding-edge technology. Apple’s efforts (as is so often the case) were to simplify and beatify the experience of cloud computing for the consumer (whether on Windows or OS X).

The technology behind cloud computing is about two hours younger than the birth of the technology of the internet itself. But the security of the cloud has been a concern for just about as long. The scary stories for this Halloween weekend concern what can happen when demons infiltrate your virtual sanctuary.

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#Tech: The Mac Mini Has Little Impact On Environment Yet Mighty Power

Scott Caldarelli, Director and Tech Consultant of Scott Caldarelli Consulting

The Mac Mini Server with OS 10.7/Lion

I have often written about the great opportunity and flexibility the Mac Mini Server offers nonprofits and small businesses. In this post, I’m going to quickly address the most obvious but least talked about feature:  the size and power of the Mac Mini Server.

The box of this powerful little machine measures just 1.4” H x 7.7” W x 7.7” D and weighs just 3.3 pounds.  So, it won’t take up much room on your desk.

It is made mostly of aluminum and plastic so it’s highly recyclable.  It’s also free of lead PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and BFRs (brominated flame retardants) in its logic board. Therefore, when you want to upgrade, you can rest assured that the hardware will be reformatted and reused – and the chemical remnants of the process will not have a notable impact in the groundwater or the atmosphere. The efforts by Apple to reduce the environmental impact go farther still.

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#ProAging: Touchscreen Ease Available For Those Who Don’t Want An iPad

The Telkin's Interface (Photo from Philly.com)

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The iPad has inspired many older Americans to expand not only their computing skills, but also their short-term memories and their social(-media) circles. Nevertheless, the iPad was not created with our oldest citizens in mind. The screen is not especially large, for example.

The computer company Telikin in Chalfont, PA is developing a desktop machine for the GI and Silent Generations. Humans interact via the large touchscreen, and the software interface includes large clear buttons that give users easy access to email, Facebook, calendars, and other applications, like local weather, that seniors might find handy. But apparently the computer is even finding adherents from among younger generations who simply want an easy way to interact with some of the staples of the online universe.

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| Category Aging, Apple, Boomers, Campaigns, Civics, Communications, Community, E-Mail, GI Generation, Grandparents, Hardware Review, iDevice, Internet, iPad/Tablet, Marketing, Reviews, Seniors Life, Social Media, Software Review, Technology, Technology for Aging | | Comments Off

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#Tech: Near-Field Communication (NFC) Could Turn Smartphones Into Donation Engines

Near-Field Technology (NFC) allows short-range communications between an NFC antenna or engineered SIM card and a receiver. The communication is good only up to a couple of feet, which might help make it a secure connection because eavesdroppers need to be next to the users. It is a technology that first appeared in Taiwan in 2007, and is expected to have a major impact in the US by the middle of next year.

From a hardware point of view, the user needs a smartphone with the necessary antenna or SIM card. For most of us, that would mean a phone upgrade, though a few NFC-ready phones are already on the market (click here for a running list of available phones). With the NFC-ready phone, a user could connect his or her bank through the phone to make purchases with a swipe of that phone. And there is where the debate has started.

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#Tech: Same Apps With Different Experiences On iPhone (5?) & Android

iPhone 5 rumored with a keyboard

Psych!

The rumor mill continues to grind as to whether and when an iPhone 5 will be coming to market, and what improvements it will have. Recent reports state that AT&T upper management has inadvertently given the heads-up to retail managers to prepare for new materials and rollouts in the fall. Thus followers of such news are now predicting a late-September announcement for an early/mid-October release date (Full Disclosure: We predicted a release date of early 2012 if the phone didn’t come out in September.).

Even though Apple Inc. is officially richer than the US Government, the company won’t be giving away iPhones as part of a stimulus package. As we have noted in this blog, the software system iOS 5 is coming out this fall anyway, and the enthusiasm for the 200+ features in the new system is already boiling over. Whether new hardware will come with that software remains to be seen.

In the last few months, the cellphone battle has really been reduced to iPhone vs. Android. Numerous 3rd-party apps have been developed for both platforms over the last year or so, and Retrevo.com has made a useful comparison of some of the more popular apps as they perform on each kind of phone. Is your favorite on the list?

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#Tech: Will The iPhone 5 Reinvent Mobile? In 2011? 2012?

iPhone 5 rumored with a keyboard

Not it isn't. And it won't look like this.

Few companies or individuals spur a greater rumor mill than Apple or Steve Jobs. We may speculate over Sarah Palin‘s candidacy for president or Facebook’s next set of tweaks, but Apple has inspired more discussion about non-existent products and unsubstantiated reports than most anything else.

And now much of that attention is focussed on the iPhone 5. We think it’s worth spending a Tech Friday on discussion swirling around the iPhone 5 because (a) an iPhone 5 will come out someday (don’t look to us to guess when) and (2) when it does, it will surely shake up the mobile industry again. Even folks at a BlackBerry users’ site admit that they’ll jump ship as soon as the iPhone 5 hits stores.

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#Tech: Under The Hood of The New Mac Mini & Mac Mini Server

Scott Caldarelli, Tech Consultant

The Mac Mini Server with OS 10.7/Lion

Where's the DVD slot?

I’m excited to talk about the newly updated Mac Mini Server this week, having often discussed the benefits of the previous model on this blog. Apple last week released OS X Lion (OS 10.7) to the public. Along with the major software update and the Mini Servier, they updated the MacBook Air and the Mac Mini.  For the MacBook Air, hardware and software updates are really nice improvements, but for the Mac Mini, the improvements are huge, and really offer the best deal for a small business or nonprofit to organize its office around an inexpensive and easy-to-maintain server system.

The first, most obvious change is that Apple has done away with the DVD/CD drive altogether in the Mac Mini.  You can buy an external DVD/CD drive to add to it if you need, but with online and streaming technologies ever improving, disks are on their way out.

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#Tech: Mac Mini Server, Part 4 – Storage Options

Scott Caldarelli returns to continue his discussion of the advantages of the inexpensive Mac Mini Server for your office.

Scott Caldarelli, Tech ConsultantI am pleased to be back to discuss the great opportunities that a Mac Mini Server can offer a charity or nonprofit wanting a stable, secure, and affordable computing solution for everyone in the office and even on the road. This time, I’d like to talk about how and where to store the files that your organization will be using.

By default, if you purchase the Mac mini Server from Apple, it comes configured with two 500GB, 7200 rpm drives. Also by default, the Mac Mini has one drive with Snow Leopard Server software pre-installed and one drive blank, awaiting your data.

There’s nothing wrong with that setup. 500GB is a lot of space for future use. Nevertheless, two issues arise:  First, the drive might not be quite fast enough for you.  Second, there are no failsafe provisions. If the system drive breaks, you can’t get to your organization’s files because the method and software to get to those files doesn’t exist. Conversely, if the data drive goes down or breaks, you can’t get to your files because the drive can’t be accessed.

Apple's RAID Utility is built in to the Mac Mini Server

Apple's RAID Utility is built in to the Mac Mini Server

One alternative is to set up a RAID 1 mirrored system. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent (or ‘Inexpensive’) Disks. A RAID 1 system allows for the first drive to be your actual, working drive.  What also happens is that when a file gets written to drive 1, it is also written to drive 2. On the Mini’s desktop, you would see only a single 500GB hard drive because the other drive is simply mirroring that original boot drive. In the event that the drive stops working, the RAID can be easily rebuilt, which typically uses a “Rebuild” command in the software to transfer operations to the backup drive.

Another alternative is simply to set up a clone of the OS’s drive – the one also carrying your files. I typically recommend using a software such as SuperDuper ($27.95) or Carbon Copy Cloner (donationware) to schedule a time to make a copy of the first drive to the second drive. After the initial run through, when the program runs again, it only copies any changes, which means the software takes much less time to finish its work. This system will allow you to restart and boot from the backup drive if need be.

A third option is to set up the two drives as a RAID 0 array. This is set up to provide faster read and write times to the drive, making the system work faster for all your staff. You also double your storage capacity because both original Mac Mini drives are used. Two 500GB drives yields nearly 1TB of drive space. The concern with this setup, though, is that if one drive fails, you’ve got nothing.  So, you want to be sure to attach a USB or Firewire drive to the Mac Mini and backup the two drives. It doesn’t need to be another RAID 0 system, just a drive large enough to fit what is on both drives (that is, at least a 1 terabyte drive).

In the next revision of the Mac Mini Server, it is highly likely that Apple will also install a Thunderbolt port on the back. Thunderbolt is a new high speed port that will greatly enhance storage speed compared to USB or Firewire.

Since the mini will also get a much newer processor as well, it’ll certainly open up what it is capable of and up the target audiences for it. Creative workgroups, small businesses, and even small video houses could use the mini plus a Thunderbolt RAID storage system to work cheaply, efficiently, and save on costs and power.

Many choices exist for storage for your Mac mini Server. Hopefully this will help the choices make sense for you and your organization.

Please see also Part One, Part Two, and Part Three of Scott’s discussion of the Mac Mini Server.

Guest blogger Scott Caldarelli writes frequently about technology and IT consultation at scottcaldarelliconsulting.com.

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#Tech: The Apple Mac Mini Server – Part 2

Scott Caldarelli of Scott Caldarelli ConsultingScott Caldarelli returns to continue his discussion of the advantages of the inexpensive Mac Mini Server for your office.

In Part One of my review, I talked about the Mac mini server and how it can provide useful services for your organization. I talked about the built in services that are included from Apple. While they are not bad, there are alternatives to use on the mini server to gain more powerful features.

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#Tech: The Apple Mac Mini Server – Part 1

Scott Caldarelli shares some of his insights about setting up a Mac Mini Server, a stable and inexpensive way to allow your organization’s computers to share files, schedules, and projects, even when some colleagues are not in the office.

Scott CaldarelliHappy (Tech.) Friday. In my last story, I briefly mentioned the Mac Mini Server as a good option for the small business or for any not-for-profit that wants to keep costs as low as possible while still utilizing the many capabilities of a server.

The Mac Mini Server is priced at $999 and comes standard with Apple’s own Snow Leopard Server operating system and software. There is only one version of Snow Leopard Server – the unlimited client version. This convenience alone is a great cost savings over a Windows server and client licenses. What that means is, once you have your server set, you don’t have to worry about buying a new user license if you’re adding someone to your organization. You simply add the new user to the server’s list of names and passwords.

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Tablet Market Ready For Next (Small) Shakeup: iPad 2

Mockup of a white iPad 2

Will iPad 2 be white? Like the iPhone? No, wait...

A year ago, the iPad was announced by Steve Jobs, and our earliest blog postings covered the event and the product. The iPad received a roasting for its name and a cautiously optimistic welcome from most hands-on reviewers. MKCREATIVE focused especially on how the idea of a tablet/pad/portable computing device (iPad or the many others that have followed) will reconfigure the ways we work, reach out to donors, and share our visions with our constituents.

The chatter at the moment, though, is dedicated to prognosticating what features the (inevitable) iPad 2 will have, what it will look like, when it will be announced, and whether it even can ‘change the game’ in ways the iPad did.

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New Technologies for 2011: Therapeutic Robots & Improved Spoons

Consumer Electronics Show Logo

Which products will be big winners in 2011?

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wound down in Las Vegas last weekend, and numerous news and tech outlets have been commenting on what was seen there, what was discussed there, and what did not happen there. We made note of the early proceedings last Friday, and this week we wanted to highlight a few technologies that might prove especially valuable to our readers. But when thinking of technological developments in 2011, we all have to think beyond the ‘electronics’ in the name, because candy is apparently a technology as well.

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The Latest Technologies for Senior Living @ CES 2011

Steve Gurney’s “Everyone is Aging” blog has some great reviews of the latest technologies aimed at seniors at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. His focus is on healthcare and senior living solutions, in particular.

Watch the video to find out more:

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